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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 25 — Dec. 10, 2007
  • pp: 17171–17171
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Focus Issue: Physics and Applications of Microresonators

Vasily N. Astratov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 25, pp. 17171-17171 (2007)

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An introduction to the Focus Issue devoted Physics and Applications of Microresonators is presented. An introduction includes a description of the area of microresontors and a description of the background and structure of the Focus Issue.

© 2007 Optical Society of America


In putting together this Focus Issue, an attempt was made to represent the fundamentals and the applications of microresonators from the point of view of physical effects in such systems. This Focus Issue reflects presentations at several meetings held in 2007, including Microresonator Sessions at Photonics West, ICTON, and a Gordon-type workshop organized by the editor of this Issue in Charlotte in June 2007. This issue starts off with the review by T. Kippenberg and K. Vahala, which addresses an emerging area of opto-mechanical coupling in microcavities. The invited papers are divided into four groups: (i) photonic crystal cavities, (ii) rings, disks and other cavities, (iii) novel concepts and theory, and (iv) sensors. The first two groups are based on using more mature semiconductor technology which in conjunction with modeling should deliver a broad variety of chip-scale photonic devices. The third group addresses novel optical and transport phenomena in single and multiple coupled cavities. Finally, the sensors group presents designs of structures aimed at ultrasensitive detection of biochemical binding events at the interfaces of the cavities and demonstrates practical results achieved in this area.

In conclusion, this Issue was created with the intent to represent the current state-of-the-art in technology, theory and applications of optical microcavities. It was also intended to create an international forum for microcavity work by incorporating under a single umbrella a broad range of research in this area spanning from photonics to material science and engineering.

OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(170.6280) Medical optics and biotechnology : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(140.3945) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavities
(230.4555) Optical devices : Coupled resonators

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Original Manuscript: December 7, 2007
Published: December 10, 2007

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Vasily N. Astratov, "Introduction: Physics and Applications of Microresonators," Opt. Express 15, 17171-17171 (2007)

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